Essex Vs India 2018: Hosts Steady After a Shaky Start

Published - 26 Jul 2018, 11:24 PM

Essex, India
India bagged two wickets against Essex during tea session. Courtesy: BCCI

In the three-day practice match between India and Essex, India did not go off to a good start. India lost their top other in a jiffy. However, heroics from Indian skipper followed by the middle order helped India to get a formidable total.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik scored a magnificent fifty to put a splendid total on board.

The first wicket of day two:

The Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, Dinesh Karthik missed a well-deserved ton. After saving Indian team from a slump, Karthik gifted his wicket on the first ball of the day.

Paul Walton bowled a wide delivery to him who gave an easy catch to Matt Dixon at third man region.

Soon after the dismissal of Dinesh Karthik, Aaron Beard breached the defense of Karun Nair who scored mere four runs. Beard awkwardly dismissed Nair.

Aaron Beard
Aaron Beard breached the defense of Karun Nair.
Photo credits: G.P. SAMPATH KUMAR/ The Hindu

Hardik Pandya continued his rich form

On the other end, Hardik Pandya managed to continue his rich form as he reached his magnificent fifty in just 81 balls.

Soon followed his dismissal of Hardik Pandya. Paul Walter once again provided the breakthrough for his skipper as he handed over a catch to Rishi Patel.

Hardik Pandya
 Hardik Pandya smashes fifty. Photo Credits: Getty Images)

Final wicket of the Indian inning

The final wicket to fall from Indian inning was Ravindra Jadeja. Matt Dixon got the last wicket which was caught by Feroze Khushi. Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 34. India got all-out on 395.

Essex while batting

From the bowling perspective, India got off an excellent start. It was Umesh Yadav who provided the breakthrough as he struck Nick Browne plumb Infront of the wicket. Browne managed to score 11 runs.

For some time, Essex managed to survive from Indian pace attack; however, it did not stand for a long.

Varun Chopra was trapped in front of the middle by Ishant Sharma on the individual score of 16 runs off 48 balls.
Tom Westley continued to dominate on Indian pace attack as he scored 57.

Michael-Kyle Pepper on the other side provided much-needed support to Westley.

It was Shardul Thakur who provided this breakthrough for India. Pepper reaches to his unbeaten half-century before the tea procession took place.

Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur provided a breakthrough by removing well settled Westley. Image Credits: AFP

At the end of the second session of Day 2, Essex is on the score of 142 for 3.